The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month - Conservative News
On the evening of November 10th, 1918, General John J.
Pershing – overall commander of the American Expeditionary Force in
France – issued out his orders for the next day. They were for continued
and unrelenting attack throughout the American sector of the line.
Though the announcement had already been made to all units that a Cease
Fire was to take effect at 11:00 am that following day, few had faith in
its realities; General Pershing included. History tells us, however,
that on that momentous day – at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th
month – the guns did indeed fall silent for the first time in four
years and four months. With that general armistice of hostilities, the
First World War effectively drew to a conclusion. It had cost some 13
million lives, the greatest tragedy the world had yet seen, and it made a
permanent mark on the generation that had experienced it.
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